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Department of Political Science Democracy Studies

Doctoral Programme Democracy Studies


The Doctoral Programme Democracy Studies is an interdisciplinary doctoral training at the University of Zurich under the Social Sciences group in the Graduate School of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. 

Democracy Studies supports the study of diverse and multifaceted qualitative and quantitative approaches to the phenomenon of democracy and its manifestations. 


Course Offer

Fall Semester 2023

Activity Date Instructor Location Notes
9th Swiss Summer School in Democracy Studies "Democracy and Peace" 11-15 September 2023 Daniele Caramani (UZH) UZH, KOL and PEA Democracy Studies Curriculum - Core Module
Democracy Studies Research Colloquium 28 September 2023
Doreen Spörer-Wagner (UZH) AFL F 172/173 Democracy Studies Curriculum- Core Module (members only)
Democracy Studies Module II - Empirical Approaches to Democracy 2-3 November 2023
Daniel Kübler (UZH) AFL F 172/173 Democracy Studies Curriculum- Core Module
Democracy Studies Workshop Democracy in Practice - Democracy Goes to School 27 October 2023

29 November 2023
Monika Walids (FHNW) AFL F 172/173

Bern Bundeshaus
Democracy Studies Curriculum- Advanced Module
The Dragon After the Pandemic 15 November 2023

Daniel Kübler (UZH)
Baogang He HE (UZH guest)
Michiel FOULON (ETH)

KOL - G - 217 CIS Workshop
Democracy Studies Annual Lecture

30 November 2023
h. 17.30 
Gwendolyn Sasse Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) Berlin AFL F 121 UZH Agenda

Agenda Democracy Studies UZH




What members say:

“The DPDS gave me a heartfelt and supportive environment, where I could learn and grow during my time as a PhD student, expand my academic horizon, and establish wonderful friendships that will remain.” D.K.

“With its close-knit and supportive cohort of peers, the varied and stimulating course offer, and an enjoyable and well-adjusted environment, DPDS has been one of the best educational/professional decisions I have ever made.” C.V.

“It feels enriching to be a newcomer to the Democracy Studies community after a gap year without attending any uni courses. For me, Democracy Studies means an exciting exchange with like-minded people. We can grow together.” R.C.